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Pakistan's FM Says Top Al-Qaida Leader to Face Trial in Pakistan


Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri says a top al-Qaida leader captured last week will face trial in Pakistan first before Islamabad considers handing him over to the United States.

Pakistan has accused Abu Farraj al-Libbi - who is believed to be al-Qaida's number three leader - of masterminding two assassination attempts against President Pervez Musharraf in 2003, and also plotting to kill Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, just weeks before he took office last year.

Speaking to reporters in the Australian capital Canberra Thursday, Mr. Kasuri said "there is no chance" the man will be handed over to the Americans before he is prosecuted in Pakistan. But he said the United States will have access to information gathered by Pakistani investigators.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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